Kim Clijsters blogs about Word Team Tennis experience
Check out Kim Clijsters latest Blog post about her Word Team Tennis matches in Saint Louis and Philadelphia….
I had two fun days in Saint Louis and Philadelphia! Always played one single and two doubles towards five winning games. In the beginning, it was a bit confusing, though. They don’t count 15-30-40, but just 1-2-3. And when you have 3-3 , the game is won by the one who scores the next point. But once you get into the game, it all starts to make sense quickly. I like the fact that the WTT tries out new things.
It’s a welcome change after so many years of the same thing at the classic tournaments. Another nice thing is that the court was divided in four colours. There were no rest periods and the spectators didn’t have to stay in their seat quietly. The atmosphere was great. Even I didn’t hold back while my teammates were playing and cheered them on loudly!
If the set/match is that short, you have to start well right away. That worked quite well against Vania King and Madison Keys. I know Vania well. In 2006 I played the Fed Cup against her. Madison is only 14 years old, but I was impressed. She’s highly gifted and I think she has a great future ahead of her. She is also a very likeable girl.
I think I reached an acceptable level, but my serve has to become more consistent. In a game, even though it wasn’t even a WTA game, you feel a lot of pressure and nerves. That’s why this was another important step to take for me. You can’t adapt to tournament rhythm during training. That’s why I am already looking forward to Cincinnati. We will travel there by the 5th or 6th of August.
The next few weeks, we will be staying in New Jersey again with Brian’s family. Everyone here is starting to get a little nervous, because at the end of next week, Brian’s youngest brother is getting married. Wim is also still by our side and will be coming to Cincinnati, Toronto and the US Open with us. Later, when it has stopped raining, we are going to go train at the neighbourhood club. But first some jogging and stretching!